Whole Foods Exec Slams Health Care Reform, Says People Should Just Eat Whole Foods

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“[W]e should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction–toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone.” Sounds like a policy brief written by House Republicans, right?

Wrong.

The above passage comes from a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. His solution for the health care crisis includes common Republican ideas–“Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year”–to unexplained platitudes–“Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.”

But conveniently, it also includes the following advice: “Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat.”

Translation: Whole Foods is the solution to all of America’s health care woes.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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